Seven Reasons to Read and "The Same Seven"

Reader Logoby Sydney Nash

"It's 10:50 p.m., and I'm sitting pool side at my hotel in Palm Desert because a) it's 86 degrees and this means I don't have to blow dry my hair; I can sit outside for a few minutes and let Mama Nature do the deed and b) it makes for a good introduction. The security here is top notch, no worries. Also, doesn't it sound very grown up and important to say, “I'm working pool side”?
Read the rest at The Rear View Poetry -- follow the link or the tab up above to find our new "themes" for the rest of the year, the "Same Seven" mini-interview with Cyndi Dawson and good excuses for not getting your work done.

FIFA World Cup Review

 In the first of a number of one-offs The Lone Ranger reviews the England vs. Germany FIFA World Cup game in the style of a literary review ...

England vs Germany 2010 FIFA World Cup
Review: The Lone Ranger

England vs. Germany 2010 FIFA World Cup BBC coverage followed England through a fractured path of memories as they tried to work out what on earth was happening to them. One moment they were on African soil, the next heading for Heathrow Airport. They were a team adrift, trying to stay awake as they stumbled towards failure. Behind them and before, the memories of England's hopes forever denied. I remembered a childhood kicking balls around the park as I watched, a pint of bitter at the local, a death of innocence, a choke in the throat.

The King of the Castle

Reader Logo by Joshua Rapp Learn

The contestants lined up at their starting places.  There had been some initial concern over the fact that some of them would begin with clear advantages but there seemed no way around it – disqualification could hardly apply in this contest.  The competitors stood tottering in bleary-eyed regard of the goal ahead of them.

Before the game had even begun, one player dropped a glove and followed it with a crashing body.  He flailed around on the street in a drunken mess, grasping for air that resisted his barehanded clutch.  He was a write-off – if there were a bookie present he would have offered vast percentages for the unlikely event of victory.

Another contestant – a tall, bowlegged blond cowboy with a drawstring tie and fat chops dusting either side of his face – tossed an empty beer bottle over his shoulder.  The resounding shatter replaced a whistle as the official announcement of the game’s commencement.

A spindly, middle-aged redhead with matching denim shirt and jeans divided by an insolent belt buckle lurched off with teetering acceleration.  As he tumbled face first into the rising snow pile it occurred to him that the buckle hadn’t been built with a great degree of aerodynamic consideration.

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The Hundred Foot Jouney

The Hundred Foot Journey
by Richard C. Morais
Published by: Alma Books
Review by Vicky
Original artwork by Fossfor

The Hundred Foot Journey is essentially the depiction of a talented young man's rise to culinary fame and success from his humble roots in India to the sophistication of Parisian culture. Written in first person narrative, the book portrays with great accuracy the historical, physical and emotional starting point from which this young man; Hassan, begins his journey into prosperous adulthood. Morais takes the reader on a whirlwind ride through the major events in Hassan's life which not only shape his personality but also open up opportunities and experiences which pave the way to his success. As readers we gain a mixture of insights into Indian lifestyle, culture and family life but also French customs, traditions and social etiquette. The book is full to the brim of recipes, cooking methods and delicious ingredients which not only give the book a well researched backbone of believability but they also reflect the development of Hassan's culinary knowledge and experience throughout his career.

Breaking Distance

Reader Logo by Dan Powell

In her night dress, Lucy raced down the stairs to reach the phone before it beeped over to answer machine. It could only be Alec calling this late and he hated to leave messages.

“Hello babe,” she said, the brightness in her voice a little hollow.

“Hi sweetheart,” Alec slurred, “did I wake you?”

“No,” Lucy looked at the clock, “It’s only just half ten.”

“I’m on the train.”

Lucy breathed out, not quite huffing.

“I left the car at work. Had one too many.”

“No problem,” Lucy said, trudging back upstairs with the phone.

“Great. My train arrives just before eleven.”

“I’ll be waiting,” she started to say, but her husband had already hung up.

She dressed quickly, grabbed her coat and keys and headed out to the car. The rain fell heavily and she was glad she hadn’t asked Alec to walk home from the station. She flicked on the car lights and wipers and switched the heaters to demist the windscreen, tapping her fingers on the steering wheel as she waited for it to clear. The windscreen fog retreated slowly from the hot air vents and she wiped the inside of the glass with a tissue to hurry things along.

She reached the station in time to see Alec lumbering across the car park, his briefcase held over his head to deflect the pelting rain.  Lucy leaned over to pop the passenger door for him.

“Thanks for coming out,” said Alec, leaning from his seat to kiss Lucy on the cheek. “You weren’t in bed were you?”

“It doesn’t matter.”


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World Cup Reading

Reader Logo by The Lone Ranger

 Amidst fears from book retailers that sales will dip over the next 4 weeks during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, we recommend you enjoy the best football record of all time, Black Grape's England's Irie, which was released way back in 1996 - hence the poor quality of the video I'm afraid!

And if you would like to cheer up the publishers and want a book to go with your World Cup extras, then buy Anthony Cartwright's book Heartland - who we interviewed way back in issue 22.

This is what Anthony said when we asked him about England's chances ...

"OK, but I think they have an incredible amount of pressure put on them. Winning it is really difficult, obviously, but there’s a chance. Capello’s done a good job so far and the group looks straightforward (although we’ve often done well in tough groups, like 1990 or 2002). If it was one-a-side we’d probably win it with Rooney!"

The Maestro’s Voice

The Maestro’s Voice
by Roland Vernon
Publisher: Black Swan
Review: Grace

The first few chapters of The Maestro’s Voice are tantalisingly exciting and mysterious. The opening sentence is my favourite of all time:

‘At the high point of the crisis, Campobello had a dialogue with the non-entity’.

What a wonderful opener; full of intrigue and abstract uncertainty. This is how we are introduced to the novel’s protagonist, Rocco Campobello; the Maestro, ‘the great tenor’, ‘the first big star of the modern era’. The first section continues by detailing this dialogue with the non-entity, which raises questions about the purpose of life and all its existential confusion.

Welcome New Crew Member - Lisa Damiani

Reader Logo by Michael J. Kannengieser

It is with great pride and pleasure I announce that The View From Here Magazine has a new member of the crew, Lisa Damiani. You may recognize her as the model in many photo shoots over the past few months. She has been a killer, a vampire, and a would-be kidnapping victim. There are many other projects already lined up for her at The Front View for Fiction.

Lisa is an educated woman who has been innovative her entire life. Her list her achievements are many. She is a singer, an entrepreneur, a model, a career professional in the insurance industry, and co-host of a heavy metal radio program with her husband, Gary. However, it is her devotion to the projects she commits herself to which makes her contributions here so valuable and appreciated.

Part Human

Reader Logo by Michael Spring

Magda’s boyfriend, everyone agreed, looked gorgeous and she was in love. He worked at the hospital where she was a nurse. She watched him working out in the gym, saw the muscles ripple below the skin and loved what made him what he was.

She woke one morning to find one of her knees swathed in bandages. Her boyfriend, the perfect, dark-haired surgeon she had been dating, had dissected her knee overnight.

“Why?” she asked him.

“I couldn’t resist it. I wanted to look at those beautiful bluey veins. I want to see every part of you, close up,” he said, smiling. It was inconvenient, but it was touching in a way, and it wasn’t too long before she had healed.

Months after, without warning, he made an incision in her thigh to inspect the tightness of a sinew.

Then she found that he had removed two scars, one on an ankle and another on her shoulder, the outcome of falling from her new bicycle twenty years before. The skin graft took perfectly.

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A Day in the Life of a Literary Agent

by Annette Green
photo by Julian Povey

My day always begins promptly because I have my office at home, at the top of the house so I am always at my desk by 9.00 or 9.30 having zipped up two flights of stairs armed with coffee and ready to ‘open the desk’.

I check my emails first. I almost always have a vast influx of new messages each morning, both unsolicited approaches from new writers and those from clients and their publishers/editors. Our agency is a small and personal one. We have a huge slush pile, both electronic and hard copy, and my partner David Smith and I never use outside readers to deal with this material, preferring to look at every single script ourselves.

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Slush Pile Stats

Reader Logo by The Lone Ranger

Welcome to the final installment of our series using that classic writers' guide and wholly remarkable book, The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Packed with advice from poetry, how to pitch a book and dealing with the improbability of getting published this book has it all.

For our last go with the guide before returning it to the library (we have a limited budget here at TVFH ) we entered in "Slush Pile"  and got this ...

Rabbit Writer -- Author Villain

The author makes the best villain of the story.

When you think about it, the author really is the bad guy of the fictional world he creates. He's the reason the villain decided to take out his mommy issues on the planet. He's the reason the hero's father was killed by the shadowy figure. He's the reason the princess was captured by the power-mad ogre king.

Of course, he's also the reason the good guys win in the end (if they win) but that's beside the point.

Reader Logoby Naomi 'Brigid' Gill